Japan’s State of Emergency Expanded to Cover 13 PrefecturesEconomy Society Lifestyle Health
With the spread of the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus leading to record numbers of COVID-19 cases in Japan, on August 17 the government decided to increase and extend state of emergency and quasi-emergency measures. Newly added prefectures will begin their measures from August 20, and all are set to continue until September 12.
State of emergency expanded to 13 prefectures
- Ongoing: Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, Okinawa.
- Newly added: Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Hyōgo, Fukuoka (upgraded from quasi-emergency measures).
Quasi-emergency measures expanded to 16 prefectures
- Ongoing: Hokkaidō, Fukushima, Ishikawa, Aichi, Shiga, Kumamoto
- Newly added: Miyagi, Toyama, Yamanashi, Gifu, Mie, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kagoshima
This is the second extension for Tokyo, where the current state of emergency originally began on July 12. Like the Olympics, the Paralympics will be held during this period, without spectators at venues.
(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)